Sure, he’s on a different team in a different city, but at the end of the day he’s trying to do the same thing – win hockey games.
Tonight, he’ll get a chance to play against his old team for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup, as the Boston Bruins play the Stars tonight in Texas.
“It’s going to be a little different playing against those guys, but it’s just another hockey game and we’re playing to get the win,” Ryder said. “We went through a lot last year and we did a lot of good things, we ended up winning a championship.
"It’s going to be odd playing against them, but it’s a matter of me being here now and trying to go and show that we can play against one of the top teams in the league.”
It’s not easy leaving a championship team, but Ryder has been fitting in just fine in Dallas. This season, the forward has 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points.
“I think there’s good team chemistry here,” Ryder said. “We have a lot of depth on the team also, and it’s a matter of us being consistent every night and not taking any nights off.”
For Ryder, the biggest difference has been playing on the West coast and he said the road trips are a lot longer, usually seven to ten days.
“You get home a lot later, and go through so many different time zones,” he said. “I think the first couple of road trips it took me a while to get used to, but I’m adjusted now. And I like it over here, you see a lot of different cities I’ve never seen before so it’s nice.”
Although he’s nearly on the other side of the country, Ryder said he still keeps in touch with some of his former teammates, and he’s looking forward to a competitive contest.
“It’s a little different, we’re in the Western conference now, so I don’t see them much,” Ryder said. “But I still keep up and talk to a few guys over there and see how they’re doing.
"They’re on a good run right now, it’s going to be a tough, hard game and I think we’re ready for it.” ---Anthony Guluzia